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女子当自强:女子拳击将成为奥运项目 (Tough Women: Women’s Boxing Becomes an Olympic Sport)  

2011-06-24 01:07:50|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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多数人一提到拳击就会想到肌肉发达的男子给对手的下巴猛烈一击,血汗横飞的画面。他们还会想到男子被击垮后倒在拳击台边的橡皮绳上的场面。但他们不会想到一个女人这么做。但是,近年来女子拳击运动平稳发展,而且它的发展将会在2012年 得到国际的认可——它将第一次被纳入奥林匹克运动项目。过去很多年,女子拳击遭受了许多批评家的反对,他们认为这种运动太残酷粗暴,不适合女性参加。即使 女子拳击运动被宣布成为奥运项目之一,这种反对意见也没有消退。但仍有支持者希望奥运的媒体报道能给女子拳击手一个机会,去向世界证明她们精湛而老练的技 术。
女子当自强:女子拳击将成为奥运项目 (Tough Women: Women’s Boxing Becomes an Olympic Sport) - 美国马尾妹 - 花旗国的半边天

When most people think about boxing, they think of a muscular man landing a hard blow on his opponent’s jaw, sweat and blood flying through the air. They think of a man collapsing battered and defeated into the elastic cords of the boxing ring, unable to withstand another blow. They do not think of a woman doing these things. And yet, women’s boxing has been steadily developing in recent years and this development will finally gain international recognition in 2012, when it will be included in the Olympic Games for the very first time. For years, women boxers have faced opposition from critics who believe that the sport is too rough and brutal for female participation. While this opposition has by no means vanished since the announcement that women’s boxing will appear at the next Olympics, supporters are hopeful that the media coverage of the Games will provide women boxers the opportunity to demonstrate the standard of skill and sophistication of their sport to the world.


Because boxing is such a tough and gritty sport, it has historically been seen as an exclusively male sport. Even as society has become more welcoming and supportive of female athletes in other sports, it has remained resistant to the idea of women punching each other while others look on. For some, the violence of the sport is simply too “unladylike” for women, an objection that is so manifestly sexist, it seems that it should belong to a bygone era. Others object that the health risks are greater for female boxers than they are for their male counterparts, specifically because of the risk of breast injuries. However, experts say that there is no evidence that boxing is any more medically dangerous for women than it is for men; blows to the breast area are rare, making breast injuries a minor threat. Many critics quite simply think women are not mentally or physically tough enough to box.


It is this last category of naysayers that female boxers believe they have the best chance of convincing of the viability of women’s boxing. Because women’s boxing is still a developing and largely unrecognized sport, most people have never even seen women’s boxing. As a result, they regard it as a joke and assume that the boxers are unskilled compared to male boxers. Women boxers, however, argue that as the sport has developed and more women have begun to compete, the depth of talent has grown and the standard of skill has risen. Their appearance at the upcoming Olympics will give these boxers unprecedented access to international attention that will allow them to show off their personal talents and the level of sophistication that women’s boxing has attained. Hopefully, if they are able to demonstrate that women’s boxing matches can be as competitive and exciting as men’s matches, the opposition to the sport will lessen and the remarkable female boxers will gain the attention and praise that they deserve.


It would of course be unrealistic to expect that opposition will disappear entirely, but the appearance of women’s boxing as an Olympic sport will at least help to dispel some of the ignorance about the sport and allow female boxers to finally shine in the world’s most prestigious international sporting event.



讨论:你认为女人应该参加拳击运动吗? (Discussion Question: Do you think that women should box?)



Sources:
Davies, Gareth A. "Women's boxing at London 2012 Olympics: Raging Belle." The Telegraph 13 Aug. 
     2009: n. pag. The Telegraph. Web. 23 June 2011. <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/>. 
Goldsticker, Julie. "Women's Boxing Accepted for 2012 Olympics Games." USA Boxing. United States
Olympic Committee, 13 Aug. 2009. Web. 23 June 2011. <http://usaboxing.org/news/>.

Image:
By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elliott Fabrizio [Public domain], via
 Wikimedia Commons


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